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Ellis BakerFlorence Eldridge
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University of Wisconsin-Madison
Racine
Presbyterianism
Male
John F. Bickel
Cora Brown
Virgo
Racine
77
Los Angeles
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Who is Fredric March?

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Fredric March was one of Hollywood's most celebrated actors of the 1930s and 1940s. He is best remembered for his dual role in the horror classic ‘Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde’ which won him the prestigious Academy Award for Best Actor. A renowned actor of the stage before venturing into films, he was also the recipient of two Tony Awards. His interest in acting dated back to his youth when he dreamed of becoming a great actor. However, he chose to become a banker after completing his studies from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. A serious health issue and his subsequent recovery made him re-evaluate his life and he proceeded to pursue his acting dreams. He found work as an extra in movies and eventually made his first Broadway appearance. Blessed with polished good looks and natural talent for acting, he was able to establish himself as a successful actor of the stage. Before long he ventured into films as well and appeared in a series of classic films based on stage plays and novels. A versatile actor, he excelled in a variety of roles and also made some television appearances during the later part of his extensive career.

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Fredric March Childhood & Early Life

He was born as Ernest Frederick McIntyre Bickel on August 31, 1897, in Racine, Wisconsin, U.S. to Cora Brown Marcher, a schoolteacher, and John F. Bickel who worked in the wholesale hardware business.

He received his primary education from the Winslow Elementary School and graduated from Racine High School. He proceeded to earn a degree in economics from the University of Wisconsin–Madison where he was a member of Alpha Delta Phi.

He developed an interest in acting as a young boy but decided to pursue a more stable profession after completing his studies.

Fredric March Career

He began his career as a bank teller for First National City Bank. A serious health issue, however, made him re-evaluate his life choices. A ruptured appendix led to an emergency appendectomy which brought him near to death. He realized that life is short and decided to pursue his acting dreams after making his recovery.

He moved to New York where he found work as an extra in films in 1920. He adopted the stage name Fredric March at the beginning of his acting career. Naturally gifted in acting, he first appeared on Broadway in 1926 and found considerable success as a stage actor.

In 1929, his performance in the satirical play 'The Royal Family' caught the attention of Paramount Pictures who recognized his potential and signed him to a five year contract. He appeared in the film adaptation of 'The Royal Family of Broadway' in 1930 for which he received his first Academy Award nomination.

In 1931, he starred in ‘Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde’ in a dual role as Dr. Henry Jekyll / Mr. Edward Hyde, a performance that was much lauded. With a growing string of successes, he attained the status of a superstar during the 1930s.

Once his contract with Paramount Pictures expired, he refused to sign a long term contract with any studio and preferred to work on a freelance basis. He performed in many acclaimed films throughout the 1930s including ‘Design for Living’ (1933), ‘Death Takes a Holiday’ (1934), ‘Les Misérables’ (1935) ‘Anthony Adverse’ (1936), and ‘A Star is Born (1937).’

He enjoyed his superstar status in the 1940s as well. One of his best known films of the era was his portrayal of a World War II veteran in the drama film ‘The Best Years of Our Lives’ in 1946. His role in ‘Another Part of the Forest’ (1948) was also an acclaimed one.

During his younger years, he was more often cast in the archetypal role of the leading man owing to his good looks and gentlemanly demeanor. However, as he aged he began taking up more versatile character roles both on the stage and in films. In addition to his films, he also performed in the successful plays ‘A Bell for Adano’ (1944) and ‘Years Ago’ (1947) in the 1940s.

His roles in the films ‘Death of a Salesman’ (1951), ‘The Desperate Hours’ (1955), ‘Inherit the Wind’ (1960), and ‘Seven Days in May’ (1964) were the highlights of his later career. He also branched out into television and was nominated for an Emmy Award for Best Single Performance by an Actor for his performance in ‘The Best of Broadway’ in 1954.

His health began failing in the early 1970s and he made his final film appearance in ‘The Iceman Cometh’ in 1973.

Fredric March Major Works

Fredric March’s dual role of a mild-mannered doctor and a homicidal maniac in the horror film ‘Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde’ is undoubtedly one of his best performances. The film was a commercial hit and March received praise for his gripping performance.

His role of World War II veteran, Al Stephenson, was much appreciated in the multi-starrer drama ‘The Best Years of Our Lives.’ The film received extremely positive reviews from critics and went on to become one of the biggest commercial hits in the history of Hollywood up to that time.

Fredric March Awards & Achievements

Fredric March won the Academy Award for Best Actor in 1932 for his performance in ‘Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde’ (tied with Wallace Beery for ‘The Champ’).

He won a second Academy Award for Best Actor for the film ‘The Best Years of Our Lives’ (1946).

He was the recipient of two Best Actor Tony Awards: in 1947 for the play ‘Years Ago’, and in 1957 for the original Broadway production of ‘Long Day's Journey Into Night’.

In 1957, he was presented with The George Eastman Award, given by George Eastman House for "distinguished contribution to the art of film."

Fredric March Personal Life & Legacy

Fredric March’s first marriage was to Ellis Baker from 1921 to 1927.

He tied the knot for the second time with actress Florence Eldridge in 1927. They adopted two children and remained married until his death in 1975.

He suffered from prostate cancer during his later years and died on April 14, 1975. He was 77.

Fredric March Academy Awards(Oscars)

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Fredric March awards

  • Academy Awards(Oscars)

    • 1947
      Best Actor in a Leading Role
      The Best Years of Our Lives (1946)
    • 1932
      Best Actor in a Leading Role
      Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1931)
  • Golden Globe Awards

    • 1952
      Best Actor - Drama
      Death of a Salesman (1951)
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Fredric March biography timelines

  • He was born as Ernest Frederick McIntyre Bickel on August 31, 1897, in Racine, Wisconsin, U.S. to Cora Brown Marcher, a schoolteacher, and John F. Bickel who worked in the wholesale hardware business.
    31st Aug 1897
  • He moved to New York where he found work as an extra in films in 1920. He adopted the stage name Fredric March at the beginning of his acting career. Naturally gifted in acting, he first appeared on Broadway in 1926 and found considerable success as a stage actor.
    1920 To 1926
  • Fredric March’s first marriage was to Ellis Baker from 1921 to 1927.
    1921 To 1927
  • He tied the knot for the second time with actress Florence Eldridge in 1927. They adopted two children and remained married until his death in 1975.
    1927 To 1975
  • In 1929, his performance in the satirical play 'The Royal Family' caught the attention of Paramount Pictures who recognized his potential and signed him to a five year contract. He appeared in the film adaptation of 'The Royal Family of Broadway' in 1930 for which he received his first Academy Award nomination.
    1929 To 1930
  • In 1931, he starred in ‘Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde’ in a dual role as Dr. Henry Jekyll / Mr. Edward Hyde, a performance that was much lauded. With a growing string of successes, he attained the status of a superstar during the 1930s.
    1931
  • Fredric March won the Academy Award for Best Actor in 1932 for his performance in ‘Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde’ (tied with Wallace Beery for ‘The Champ’).
    1932
  • During his younger years, he was more often cast in the archetypal role of the leading man owing to his good looks and gentlemanly demeanor. However, as he aged he began taking up more versatile character roles both on the stage and in films. In addition to his films, he also performed in the successful plays ‘A Bell for Adano’ (1944) and ‘Years Ago’ (1947) in the 1940s.
    1944 To 1947
  • He enjoyed his superstar status in the 1940s as well. One of his best known films of the era was his portrayal of a World War II veteran in the drama film ‘The Best Years of Our Lives’ in 1946. His role in ‘Another Part of the Forest’ (1948) was also an acclaimed one.
    1946 To 1948
  • He won a second Academy Award for Best Actor for the film ‘The Best Years of Our Lives’ (1946).
    1946
  • He was the recipient of two Best Actor Tony Awards: in 1947 for the play ‘Years Ago’, and in 1957 for the original Broadway production of ‘Long Day's Journey Into Night’.
    1947 To 1957
  • In 1957, he was presented with The George Eastman Award, given by George Eastman House for "distinguished contribution to the art of film."
    1957
  • His health began failing in the early 1970s and he made his final film appearance in ‘The Iceman Cometh’ in 1973.
    1973
  • He suffered from prostate cancer during his later years and died on April 14, 1975. He was 77.
    14th Apr 1975
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Frequently asked questions about Fredric March

  • What is Fredric March birthday?

    Fredric March was born at August 31, 1897

  • Where is Fredric March's birth place?

    Fredric March was born in Racine

  • What is Fredric March nationalities?

    Fredric March's nationalities is American

  • Who is Fredric March spouses?

    Fredric March's spouses is Ellis Baker, Florence Eldridge

  • Who is Fredric March childrens?

    Fredric March's childrens is Anthony March, Penelope March

  • What was Fredric March universities?

    Fredric March studied at University of Wisconsin-Madison university

  • What is Fredric March's religion?

    Fredric March's religion is Presbyterianism

  • Who is Fredric March's father?

    Fredric March's father is John F. Bickel

  • Who is Fredric March's mother?

    Fredric March's mother is Cora Brown

  • What is Fredric March's sun sign?

    Fredric March is Virgo

  • When was Fredric March died?

    Fredric March was died at April 14, 1975

  • Where was Fredric March died?

    Fredric March was died in Los Angeles

  • Which age was Fredric March died?

    Fredric March was died at age 77